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Austin race makes cut for 2012 F1 calendar

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PARIS (AP)

The Formula One schedule is expanding to 20 races next year, growing by one event after adding a stop in the United States, returning to Bahrain and dropping the Turkish Grand Prix.

The World Motor Sport Council ratified by unanimous decision the schedule proposed in July by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

The United States will host a race in Austin, Texas, next November. The last U.S. GP was held in Indianapolis in 2007.

Turkey did not make the cut, despite complaints from some racing teams, but Bahrain is back on the schedule.

This year's Bahrain GP was delayed, reinstated and then finally canceled in the wake of political unrest in the Gulf country in which at least 32 people have been killed in a crackdown on anti-government protests.

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